ISLAMABAD: The PTI on Wednesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking the court’s permission before the announcement of another long march to Islamabad.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan had said that the party will approach the apex court to get assurances that their workers and leaders will not be arrested and the party will be allowed to hold protests in the federal capital.
The PTI chairman made the announcement after he ended the Azadi March abruptly on March 26 and gave a six-day ultimatum to the government to give the election date else he would return with a “sea of people”.
Speaking outside the Supreme Court today, PTI Leader Asad Umar said they have filed a petition and raised nine questions before the top court.
The petition, filed under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, has named the federal government, Islamabad IG Police and all the provinces and their police chiefs as parties.
Asad Umar said that the government launched a crackdown against the party two days before the march. "Police resorted to violence and fired tear gas shells on the protesters."
The caravans coming to Islamabad from Khyber Pakhtwnka were stopped Illegally from entering the federal capital.
"The chief ministers of KP and Gilgit-Baltistan were also not allowed to enter Islamabad."
Asad Umar said that they did not do illegal, attacking institutions is their [PML-N] practice
We will apprise the court about the threats from the government, he said.
Despite the worst government violence, Asad Umar claimed, hundreds of thousands of people came out.
“The government wants to create division between the federation and the provinces,” he alleged.
In its petition, the PTI has pleaded with the court to direct authorities to not torture or arrest or use any force or coercive measures or intimidating tactics, against the citizens of Pakistan and the supporters, workers, members and leaders of the public who want to peacefully hold any protest or assembly announced by it.
It prayed to the court that the federal and provincial governments be ordered to not create any hindrance or obstacle whatsoever, including blocking access to or from any place or city in any manner or from restricting the movement of the people in any manner and through any means.
It also pleaded the top court to issue directives to the government to not use violence including force or any strongarm tactics against any citizen, supporter, worker, member or leader of the party who chooses to participate in the upcoming peaceful assembly.
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